INDIA TODAY has cited its sources as saying India’s 50,000 tonnes of wheat shipment to Afghanistan via Pakistan to begin as soon as next week.
In the meantime, diplomatic sources have also confirmed that hurdles in shipping the 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medicines have now been removed and India has handed over a list of trucks and contractors to Pakistan.
Based on the bilateral agreement between Pakistan and India, the latter must complete the first batch of the consignment in 30 days through Waga port.
The decision over the allowance of India’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan through Pakistan comes after India and WFP signed a memorandum of understanding over the wheat.
Initially, Pakistan wanted to allow the shipment to Kabul in Pakistani trucks bearing UN banner but India proposed Afghan trucks and drivers that were then endorsed by Pakistan.
The agreement by Pakistan took more than one month.
The distribution of food grains in Afghanistan comes as the country is going through the worst humanitarian situation in its history with 97 percent of the population being under the line of poverty.